About Harlem School of the Arts
For over 50 years, Harlem School of the Arts has stood apart from the premier arts institutions in New York City as the sole provider of quality arts education in four different disciplines: Music, Dance, Theatre and Visual Arts. HSA enriches the lives of young people and their families in Harlem and the Greater New York City area by providing: unrivaled on-site arts instruction; vital outreach partnerships with New York City schools; quality performances and exhibitions that attract diverse audiences to its dynamic cultural arts facility; and prominent guest artists who actively engage the school’s community in the creative process through workshops and master classes. Through these enriching activities, HSA creates opportunities for both children and adults to fully experience the benefits that the arts can bring to their lives. For more information on Harlem School of the Arts courses, programs, and events, visit www.HSAnyc.org.
Wé McDonald is a Paterson, New Jersey native born in Harlem, New York. She is a 17 year old scholarship student attending William Paterson University. She attended high school at the Passaic County Technical Institute with a concentration in Theater as an honor student. She was accepted to two prestigious University Jazz studies programs at William Paterson and The New School.
Wé's musical and arts training has been diverse and comprehensive as she has studied acting, dance and music. Since the age of 6 she has received piano and vocal and is currently a student at the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) where she is an actor and vocal talent. She began her vocal and piano training in the classics evolving into a unique musical genius covering Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, and Opera.
In 2015, Wé appeared on the stage of the world famous Apollo Theater competing in the Amateur Night competition. She shattered records by winning four times as the youngest performer to place in the Adult category in the history of the legendary venue. Wé has also appeared as a vocalist at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Forbes Women's Summit, National Urban League Awards, Wal-Mart Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, Minton's Jazz Club, internationally in the British Virgin Island and the Berklee School of Music with Paquito D'Rivera. She has acted in lead roles in theatrical adaptations of Man of La Mancha, 42nd Street, Disney’s The Lion King KIDS, and Annie.
Wé has trained at Diller Quaille School of Music, Dove Tail Studios for Acting, Chimera Concepts for dance, the Harlem School of the Arts for theatre, piano and voice under the tutelage of Yolanda Wyns, HSA Music Director.
She was the recipient of the 2015 Clive Davis Music Moguls Merit Scholarship and a Prep Student Merit Scholarship Award recipient for three years at the Harlem School of the Arts. She is a member of the Dorothy Maynor Singers and featured vocalist on the HSA All-Stars’ 2015 album recording, "Evolution", showcasing music prodigies in the Jazz genre. She has been recognized as “Talent of the Week” in Tween Girl Style Magazine and Macy's Best New Vocal Talent 2016.
Most recently, Wé received national recognition as a finalist on Season 11 of NBC’s The Voice where she wowed audiences as well as celebrity coaches. Her debut single, “Wishes”, is available now on iTunes.
“There will never be another voice on the planet like Wé.” – Alicia Keys
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